Wednesday Wake Up provides timely information on the latest developments in the school facilities management field

Message From the President

As school facilities managers, we know the exchange of information among our colleagues is the secret to our success.  At SFA, we are blessed with 17 remarkable Chapters around our great state -- all of which do great work for their Chapter members and, by extension, our Association.  By showcasing programs, local district news, member accomplishments and lessons learned, we all benefit our chapter and our members at large.
As a reminder, enter your Chapter into a drawing for lunch on SFA!  Here are the details of my President's Chapter Challenge.... 

  • Send us an article on a development at a local school district
  • Send photos of members at meetings, at work, receiving awards, or at programs
  • Have a veteran in your Chapter?  Please tell us about his or her service
  • Give us the details on your training programs, luncheons, holiday charities and custodial workshops (or, as noted above, just send a photo with a caption!)
  • Want us to promote your event?  We are happy to do that, too.  Just provide the date, time, event name and how to register, and we will let people know. 

Any Chapter that sends Association headquarters Chapter news now through April 30, will be entered into a drawing for $250.00 toward a Chapter luncheon program or meeting.  I will be pulling the names of THREE CHAPTERS in early May -- so your chances to win are pretty good!  Each time you send in your Chapter news, staff will throw your Chapter name into the drawing box.  So be sure to increase your chances by submitting news a few months in a row. 
And, yes, it's that easy.  Send in your Chapter news, and enter to win!

Have a question?  Please drop staff an email at info@sbga.org.

Marty Abrams

Bath Board Lauds Facilities Director’s Accomplishment

The Bath Central School District Board of Education formally recognized Director of Facilities Antone Colomaio for obtaining Level III certification. Following a presentation from Brian Bentley, Director of Facilities for the Greater Southern Tier BOCES, the board thanked Mr. Colomaio for his continued dedicated service to the district and congratulated him on his educational accomplishment.
Mr. Bentley explained that out of approximately 700 school districts, only a handful of individuals have reached this educational milestone and received this certification.
The presentation took place on a day the board members spent at school participating in activities with the students. They held a midday meeting with the entire elementary and middle schools in attendance, along with some parents.

Reminder: Building Condition Survey Open Through June

The 2015 Building Condition Survey (BCS) is now "live" for data entry.

The survey is accessed via the NYSED Application Business Portal (similar to the process for the Online Fire Safety Report) at  http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/page/portal/PortalApp

Instructions, including how to access the survey via the portal, can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/BldgCondSurv.htm

Districts that are entering data themselves can use the portal directly with appropriate entitlements from the superintendent. For those that are having their consultants enter the data, the entitlements will need to be provided to the consultants by their superintendents.

The deadline for submission of the 2015 BCS has been extended to June 30, 2016.

New Rochelle School Closed by Ceiling Collapse Reopens

Four months after a ceiling collapse closed much of New Rochelle’s Daniel Webster Elementary School, students returned to the building this week.
Teachers moved their supplies into classrooms Monday after the building, at 95 Glenmore Drive, passed a structural inspection Dec. 21. Air quality tests indicated the structure was free of any contaminants from the Aug. 5 ceiling collapse.
The district spent about $1.4 million replacing Webster's second-floor ceilings, which had decayed from age and water damage. The school was built in the 1930s; a newer portion of the building had remained open for after-school activities.

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Greenwich District Going Solar

Greenwich Central School District officials are planning a solar project with SolarCity, which they estimate will save about $1.67 million in energy costs during the next two decades.

The company is planning to install a roughly 1,000-kilowatt ground-mounted array that will generate about 1.3 million kilowatt-hours of power during the first year.

Superintendent Mark Fish said SolarCity comes in and installs the system at its cost and handles the maintenance.

SolarCity has been awarded a contract by the state to work with schools as part of the K-Solar initiative. The district would purchase power from SolarCity at a rate of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is a savings of about 12 cents from the regular electricity rate. The district would save about $72,000 during the first year and about $1.67 million over the 18-year life of the contract, according to a fact sheet from the company. 

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Frankfort-Schuyler Capital Project Poised to Move Forward

A $7.5 million capital improvement project at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School finally appears ready to move forward, according to Superintendent Robert Reina, who is waiting for official notification of approval from the state. District voters approved the project in January 2014, and plans were submitted to the New York State Education Department, but the project was backed up behind others also awaiting approval.
Much of the project focuses on the elementary school building on Reese Road. Plans call for replacing the roof, relocating and redesigning the parking lot and school bus drop-off and pickup areas, relocating the offices to the front of the building, and creating a more secure main entrance. The project also calls for relocating and renovating the elementary school library, adding a playground, and increasing instructional space. The prekindergarten program would be moved from the middle school to the elementary school.

The proposal also calls for renovations to the middle-senior high school auditorium, resealing the school track and repairing pavement at both school facilities.

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Upcoming Events

Save the Date

NYS SFA Advocacy Day

Wednesday, March 9
The Albany Room, NYS Capitol, Albany NY

School Facilities Issues Summit
Thursday, March 10
NYS Education Department, Albany NY

Our contact information is:
School Facilities Association
136 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205
Tel: (518) 465-0563 l Fax: (518) 465-0579
www.sbga.org l info@sbga.org

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Upcoming Events

Legislative Update Webinar - Monday, February 27 at 2pm

Advocacy Day - Tuesday, March 7, Albany
The New York State Legislature needs to hear a unified message from our Directors of Facilities!

Critical Issues Summit - Wednesday, March 8, Albany
Think Globally, Acting Locally to Achieve Your School Facility Goals!

Managing Nuisance Geese Webinar - 12-1pm, Thursday, March 30


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